Andrew Marion "Andy" Johnson (1920 - 2017)

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Andrew "Andy" Marion Johnson, 97, a longtime resident of Anchorage, Alaska, passed away on Oct. 3, 2017, at his home. Andy was born on March 15, 1920, in Lexington, Ky. He is the youngest son of Marshall and Winifred Johnson, growing up on a tobacco and dairy farm.
After graduating high school in Lexington, Andy attended two years of college studying business administration and accounting. In November 1942, Andy enlisted in the U.S. Marines. As a World War II veteran, he served in the South Pacific and was honorably discharged in 1945. With the encouragement of a friend, Andy made the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in October 2014. Thanks to the co-founders Ron and Lynda Travis of The Last Frontier Honor Flight as well as the many volunteers and contributors, Andy's trip was a most memorable one. From 1953-1965 he was owner/operator of A.M. Johnson Construction Co. in Erlanger, Ky.
Andy came to Alaska in 1965 where he remained until his passing. From 1965-1969 he worked for Carpenters Local Union 1281. In the early 70s, he owned A.J. Construction Company, building several homes in the South Anchorage area. Between 1975-1978, he was employed with Pulis Builders as a Construction Superintendent overseeing jobs on Ft. Richardson Army Base, in Glennallen and Seward, Alaska. His last employment was with Sandland Construction Company as a Construction Superintendent supervising projects throughout Alaska.
After retirement, Andy and his wife, June, were snowbirds. They traveled the Lower 48 visiting family and friends on their way to and from a home in Arizona. In addition, they enjoyed their trips to Seward and Homer where they spent much of their time fishing on the "Carol J".
Andy was husband to June Johnson for 33 years, until her passing in 2013. He is survived by his step-daughters, Teresa M. Alyea of Anchorage, Alaska; and Melinda Norwood Lathrop of Bethel, Alaska. He is also survived by his grandson, Alec M. Johnson, and his great-grandchild of Florida; his nephew Bob (Vicki) Johnson, and niece Winnie (Bill) Wilder of Kentucky; his cousin Rebecca "Reba" Hoover of Kentucky and Florida; his sister-in-law Marlene (Robert) Scott and brother-in-law Darryl (Carol) Galt of North Dakota; along with other in-laws and friends. Andy is preceded in death by his parents Marshall William and Winifred Scott Johnson; his brother and wife Charles and Henrietta Johnson; Andy's first wife Mary Elizabeth Johnson and their son Richard Scott Johnson; his second wife Patricia M. Johnson and their son Andrew M. Johnson, Jr.; his third wife Mary Reid Johnson.
On behalf of her step-dad, Teresa would like to thank Josh Frommer and his caregivers from Homewell Senior Care as well as the wonderful staff at Providence Hospice. Shortly before Andy's passing he met with Chaplain Steve from Hospice for a pinning ceremony, thanking him for his service in WWII.
No funeral services are planned now. Andy's cremated remains will be inurned next to his wife, Carol June Johnson (Galt) at the Carrington Cemetery in North Dakota.

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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Oct. 15, 2017
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